On February 15, 2012, Vice Premier Li Keqiang met with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the Great Hall of the People.
Li described China and EU as "important strategic powers," "important partners linked by comprehensive strategic ties" and "an emerging shareholder community." He recalled his visit to three European countries in 2011. Li said during the visit, he held meetings and talks with a number of European leaders and felt the great importance the European top leaders attached to developing relations with China, the business community's strong desire to expand cooperation and the people's aspiration for enhancing mutual understanding and friendship. The visit also shows the sound basis and broad prospects of China-EU relations. He said the development of bilateral ties is now in critical period. Li called on the two sides to proceed from the important consensus reached during the EU delegation's current visit, enhance political mutual trust and strategic cooperation, respect and treat each other equally, be open and inclusive, and support each other so as to contribute to peace, cooperation and development in the 21st century.
China is transforming its economic development mode while maintaining stable and fast economic growth, which will offer opportunities for China-Europe cooperation, he said. The two sides should focus on their respective development strategies, develop complementary advantages and expand cooperation in the areas of trade, economics, finance, energy, urbanization, science and technology and humanities to achieve mutual benefit. China believes that Europe can overcome the current difficulties, and will continue to participate in and support the efforts of the parties concerned to resolve the debt problem in Europe.
Van Rompuy and Barroso said China's development is an opportunity for Europe and Europe is willing to further strengthen pragmatic cooperation with China and expand the interests of both sides so as to achieve their respective development, promote EU-China relations to a higher level and play a role for promoting world economic growth and stability.
Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun and Ambassador Wu Hailong, head of the Chinese Mission to the EU attended the meeting.